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by Ernest Thompson Seton

Only two of these may be counted towards Sagamore.

Coup for those 14 to 16 years old

Perform standing front dive and swim in good form 75 yards using

a. Breast stroke 25 yards.

b. Back stroke with inverted back kick, spiral or combination frog scissors, 25 yards.

c. Side stroke for last 25 yards.

Swim 25 yards on back, using legs only, 25 yards on back, using arms only, float motionless for three minutes, and tread water with hands out for three minutes.

Be dumped unexpectedly from canoe, clothed in camp costume, undress in deep water without touching boat and swim 25 yards. Also, break wrist hold and front neck hold of subject same weight and strength in deep water.

Perform surface dive in 6 feet of water and bring up definite object. Also, demonstrate side stroke carry, 30 feet and tired swimmer carry, 30 feet.

Swim 220 yards, no time limit.


Coup for those over 16; grand coup for those 14 to 16

Perform running plain front dive from springboard, or racing dive in at least fair form, and swim in good form 150 yards, using

a. Breast stroke for first 50 yards.

b. Back stroke with inverted frog kick, spiral kick or combination frog-scissors kick for next 50 yards.

c. Side stroke for last 50 yards.

Swim 50 yards using legs only, crawl kick debarred; swim 50 yards, using arms only, and tread water for 3 minutes with both hands above water.

Swim 50 yards in camp costume, undress without support in at least 7 feet of water, then swim 50 yards more. Also, break following holds of swimming instructor, or other well-qualified assistant

a. Wrist hold, single and double, each against one or both hands of opponent, by means of legs.

b. Front neck hold.

c. Back strangle hold.

(Each hold must be broken at least 5 times in correct form, and against real opposition.)

Perform surface dive in at least 7 feet of water and bring up human subject from bottom in side stroke carry. Demonstrate unconscious or slightly resisting subject carry, also tired swimmer or cramp carry, swimming 25 yards, subject lying on back with arms straight and hands on carrier's shoulders and legs spread around carrier's hips, carrier using breast stroke.

Demonstrate struggling subject carry, swimming 10 yards on back, towing subject with double arm lock, using frog kick or combination frog-scissors kick or spiral kick, resorting to full arm lock each time until subject ceases struggle, subject struggling violently at least 3 times. Also demonstrate warding off with arms and legs when attacked

a. From front.

b. From rear, each 2 minutes.

Swim without time limit at least 440 yards, using at least one speed swimming stroke in good form for a quarter of the distance.

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